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Badgers advance to second round of tournament with win over Michigan



Nov. 9, 2011

3 Wisconsin 2, 6 Michigan 0
2011 Big Ten Tournament - First Round
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
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• Attendance: 370
WIS 83:22 Nick Janus (Tomislav Zadro)
WIS 88:31 Josh Thiermann (unassisted)
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WIS Jentsch (8-4-2) 90:00 0 3
UM Grinwis (5-12-1) 90:00 2 7
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 Shots 17 8
 Shots on Goal 9 3
 Saves 3 7
 Offsides 3 3
 Corner Kicks 4 4
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Fighting the elements and playing against the wind, the Wisconsin men's soccer defeated Michigan and advanced to the semifinal round of the Big Ten tournament. The third seeded Badgers forced an early exit on the host school with a 2-0 victory over the sixth seeded Wolverines Wednesday night.

The win marks the second time the Badgers have beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor this season, a feat they had never accomplished before this season.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, the Wolverines outshot Wisconsin, 23-6, despite suffering a 2-1 defeat. This time, UW came out ready to strike.

Despite outshooting the Wolverines, 8-2, in the first half, Wisconsin could not convert, and the two teams entered the halftime break tied, 0-0.

The game remained scoreless until the 84th minute when sophomore Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) came through for Wisconsin.

"We did a lot of good things," head coach John Trask stated. "It was a fantastic goal by Janus."

Janus registered his third goal of the season off a cross from junior Tomislav Zadro (Toronto, Ontario) to give the Badgers a 1-0 advantage at the 83:22 mark.

Senior Josh Thiermann (Stoughton, Wis.) did his part to continue Wisconsin's run at the tournament with an insurance goal in the 89th minute to put the Badgers up 2-0 late.

Thiermann took advantage of an open net after Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis missed the ball. The goal marks the fourth goal of the season for the senior and his second in Ann Arbor.

Sophomore Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.) earned the win with his fifth shutout performance of the season. The sophomore recorded three saves to boost his record to 8-4-2.

"They (Michigan) were hard to break down," Trask said. "We did a great job of managing the game. Every guy played well. We played with confidence. We attacked well. I can't single anyone out."  

Wednesday night's victory marks the tenth win of the season for the Badgers, who sport an overall record of 10-7-2, while the Wolverines finish at 5-14-1.

The Badgers will meet up with the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions on Friday, Nov. 11. Last weekend, in the teams' regular season matchup, Wisconsin pulled out a 1-0 victory over Penn State in the final minute of double overtime. Friday's semifinal showdown is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

"We are looking forward to playing Penn State again," Trask said. "They are a good team and it will be a great game."

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